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For the October 2014 Another Drop Seminar Series lecture, the United Nations University Institute for Water, Environment and Health (UNU-INWEH) is pleased to announce its next free, public lecture: Bob Sandford and Kathy Jacobs speaking on the topic of Water and Climate as part of McMaster Water Week!

Seminar Topic:  

Water, Climate & Society 

Whether through extreme events or sea-level rise, many of the impacts of climate change are delivered by water.The challenges are complex, and the need for science to inform decision-making has never been greater.This distinguished lecture hosts leading practitioners in Canada and the US to learn lessons from the frontlines of efforts to respond to climate change. The two lectures are complementary perspectives on the nature of the climate change challenges we face, and the policy options to adapt.

Attendees are also invited to the Philomathia Water Futures Wine & Cheese Reception proceeding this distinguished lecture beginning at 5:30pm. (RSVP required by October 01, 2014.)



Katharine Jacobs will be present a lecture entitled “The Science-Policy Interface: Climate, Adaptation and Decision-making.”  Jacobs will draw from a 20-year career in water management and over 10 years working at the intersection of science and decision-making, including three years leading the National Climate Assessment for the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.

Robert Sandford will be the distinguished speaker, presenting “Hydro-Climatic Change:The Anthropocene & Its Consequences.” Sandford is the EPCOR Chair of the Canadian Partnership Initiative in support of United Nations “Water for Life” Decade. He is also the Director of the Western Watersheds Research Collaborative and an associate of the Centre for Hydrology which is part of the Global Water Institute at the University of Saskatchewan.


Seminar Details

When?: Tuesday, October 7th, 2014

Time?: 6:30-8:30pm (immediately following the Wine and Cheese Reception at 5:30pm)

Where?: McMaster Innovation Park, 175 Longwood Road South, L8P 0A1

Admission Cost?:  Absolutely free! Seating is limited, so please register your spot by emailing You must RSVP in order to attend the Wine & Cheese Reception.

Parking?: On-site parking is available free of charge after 5pm.

Do I need to be an environmental scientist to attend the Another Drop Seminars?: No, UNU-INWEH’s Another Drop Seminar Series was created as a means to help the general community understand key linkages/challenges on issues regarding water, environment, and health. Students and faculty from any field of study and all members of the community who are interested in  the connection between climate change and water are encouraged to attend. This seminar series is open to the public, and a great way to network with professionals and other like-minded individuals.

What will you gain?:  Lessons from leading practitioners working at the interface of climate science and policy in water management.

Where can I learn more about the Another Drop Seminar Series?:
Visit for more information.

Where can I learn more about McMaster Water Week?:
Download the full programme here. Visit for more information.


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Another Drop Water Week Poster